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Marathon training: Week 3 – Smooth sailing

This week was really good and really uneventful. In marathon training this is a good thing 🙂 I skipped one session of Crossfit to do a lunchtime run on Thursday – I’m a believer of recovery runs and since Wednesday’s 20km was the longest run I have done since October, I wanted to turn over the legs a bit on Thursday.

On Friday I went to see the specialist sports doctor that I got a referral to. He twisted and turned all my limbs for 30 minutes and asked a million questions but truth is my leg has been feeling pretty good so I felt like I failed a test – he couldn’t pinpoint what’s happening at all. I’m supposed to have an MRI on my lower back tomorrow as he thought that MAYBE there’s something going on there that sends some nerve pain down my leg but I got an appointment at a totally stupid time (middle of the work day) so I think I might postpone that scan to when I can go at lunchtime.

I didn’t make it to Bikram this week due to childcare issues but I have been stretching every night and am happy with how the leg is feeling. I’m finally able to pick up the pace again on shorter runs and that feels great. For a while my left leg was just so tight that it felt like it was not lifting off the ground much at all.

So training last week went down as follows:

  • Monday: Rest
  • Tuesday: Crossfit
  • Wednesday: 20.12km at 5:52 pace
  • Thursday: 7.09km at 5:34 pace
  • Friday: Crossfit
  • Saturday: 8.18km at 4:43 pace
  • Sunday: 13.60km at 5:11 pace

Total: 49km

Next week I’m going to cut down the mileage a bit, probably to about 40km. I know from last year that if I just keep increasing the mileage every week and don’t take an ‘easy’ week once in a while it can make my calves tight which in turn makes my shins hurt.

As for fuel – I’ve been guzzling chocolate milk post runs this week 😛  I make my own with almond milk, banana, cocoa and either hemp or whey protein powder.  Whey powder is dairy of course so I don’t use it too often but it does make the milk shake so nice and thick. Yum.

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  • Reply
    January 20, 2014 at 11:52 am

    What a week! I am glad that your doctor didn’t find anything wrong. As for me, well, it is all about writing right now.

    • Reply
      January 21, 2014 at 8:55 am

      Just make sure you get up from your writing desk on a regular basis 🙂 And good luck with your new writing career – you are flying, my friend, FLYING!

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    January 19, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    You are always so inspirational! And I haven’t stopped thinking about this chocolate milk since you mentioned it. Want one so bad!

    • Reply
      January 21, 2014 at 8:55 am

      Did you make one yet? 🙂

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